Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Getting organized genealogy style Day 4

It has been a few "days" between my Day 3 and Day 4 posts but such is life!! I purchased more supplies to continue working on Dear Myrtle's January organization checklist. I now have plenty of sheet protectors and tabbed dividers. However, I did not purchase enough 3 ring binders, but I can still get started.

After going through the checklist, multiple times, I decided it would be best for me to tweak the system to meet my needs. I put all surnames, direct and collateral, in binders alphabetically. I then created a separate notebook to file just my family group sheets. In that folder I did separate out direct and collateral lines.

I still have filing to complete before I get to the item on the checklist that I believe will be the most challenging...reconciling what I have on paper with electronic copies and data input into my Legacy database. Whew...not looking forward to that right now! I do feel a small sense of accomplishment, which I believe is what Dear Myrtle's checklist is all about. Organizing in small doses will still get you where you need to be.

Tomorrow I am going to the Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence, Missouri to attend a class on Wills and Probate records. I hope to be bringing home more documents to file!

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations on getting your genealogy organized. I like DearMYRTLE's system too. And I agree with you, 'organizing in small doses' is the way to go. Keeps one from getting overwhelmed and lets one count small successes. I've found there is always filing to be done though - never ends.
    If you ask around, you may find someone with binders to spare. My genealogical society 'collects' these from members and gives them out again to others who can use them.